Andrew Gn is bidding fashion farewell. A pioneer among foreign-born, Paris-based designers, Gn arrived in the French capital in the mid-1990s with a loan from his father and a dream of making it big. Fast forward 30 years or so, and Gn is one of the few indies who have succeeded on his own terms. He counts royalty—both IRL and onscreen versions—among his clientele, from Catherine, Princess of Wales, Queen Rania of Jordan, and QueenMary of Denmark to Lady Gaga, Emma Stone, Beyoncé, and Lily Collins as Emily in Paris.
Speaking from his studio on Monday, the designer said, “It’s emotional, but on the other hand this is the first Christmas I can enjoy without thinking about showing in January or February.” By the same token, when the next fashion month rolls around, Gn will be able to celebrate his 60th birthday and—for the first time since moving to Paris—spend Chinese New Year with family. “In that sense, [this timing is] a great blessing,” he said.
Not that his days will be idle. Gn’s retrospective at the Asian Civilisations Museum, “Fashioning Singapore and the World,” closed in September after a four-month run and is set to travel on to the US, where it is slated to open in a different iteration at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem in 2025. And discussions are underway to establish a foundation in Singapore that will display his work and help new generations of young designers there find their own paths.